Status of the Nuclear Programme of Iran
QUESTION NO: 218
PUBLISHED IN INTERNAL
QUESTION PAPER DATED 17 MARCH 2006
MR DHM GIBSON (DA) TO ASK THE
MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS:
(1) Whether Iran's nuclear programme is
motivated by the need to develop an offensive nuclear capacity: if not, why not;
if so, why:
(2) Whether the Government would support Iran if it were to
develop a nuclear bomb: if not, why not; if so, why:
(3) Whether Iran poses
a threat to regional and/or international security: if not, why not; if so, why;
(1) Article IV of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation
Treaty (NPT) provides for the inalienable right of all States Parties to the Treaty
to develop research, production and use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes
in conformity with the provisions of the Treaty. According to the Islamic Republic
of Iran, the development of its nuclear programme is for peaceful purposes only.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has to date not found any evidence
in Iran of the diversion of capabilities to non-peaceful activities.
No. We believe in a nuclear weapons free world.
(3) Under the Charter of
the United Nations, the Security Council is responsible for the maintenance of
international peace and security. Whether a particular situation constitutes a
threat to international peace and security is therefore a determination to be
made by the UN Security Council.